About EAPA & the San Fernando Valley Chapter

The San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA) is part of the international organization of Employee Assistance Professionals representing management, labor and government.

This non-profit association is comprised of Employee Assistance Professionals (EAP's), counselors and administrators, mental health and chemical dependency treatment providers, hospital and managed care representatives, human resource and benefit plan administrators, work/life providers, attorneys and financial planners.

EAPA provides professional leadership including:

  • EAP Information
  • Management Consultation and Employee/Management Training
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Training
  • Resources
  • Also included is standards and ethics, leadership in public policy and legislative issues related to EAP.

The San Fernando Valley EAPA Chapter is one of the most energetic and dynamic chapters in the region.

This Chapter has developed one of the largest memberships, most active group of committees and, by far, the best programs in this area. The Chapter has over 55 members. Up to 65 people attend our regular monthly speaker meetings. We will be providing special half-day training programs on current issues as well.

Mazzola + Perlman
1st VP Frank Mazzola (L) and President Michael Perlman (R) relaxing at the May conference Co-Hosted by SFV EAPA and Tarzana Treatment Centers


The Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) is the world's largest, oldest, and most respected membership organization for employee assistance professionals.

With nearly 5,000 members in over 30 countries around the globe, EAPA is the world's most relied upon source of information and support for and about the employee assistance profession.

EAPA publishes the Journal of Employee Assistance , hosts professional conferences and offers training and other resources to fulfill its mission.

EAPA's mission is to promote the highest standards of EA practice and the continuing development of employee assistance professionals, programs and services.

EAPA is the outgrowth of the original Association of Labor-Management Administrator s and Consultants on Alcoholism (ALMACA), started in Los Angeles in 1971. At the same time, the term “employee assistance” was developed to replace the title “occupational alcoholism.”

ALMACA was developed to provide communication between occupational alcoholism program providers who were initially isolated from each other in their separate company environments.

Both labor and management recognized that alcoholism was affecting employee absenteeism, morale, productivity and profitability, thereby supporting the development of employee assistance programs. Over time the profession expanded to include a broad range of human issues.

Employee assistance services include:

  • confidential assessment
  • crisis intervention and brief counseling, and
  • referral to treatment or community resources for all types of behavioral, mental health, and professional problems that impact the workplace.

The EAP acts as a liaison between the employee and management, and provides linkages between the workplace and the community to facilitate follow-up services for the employee, and to assist in restoring or enhancing the employee's job performance and personal well-being.

Chapter Mission Statement

Our purpose is to promote professional growth, provide information and training; consultation and resources, as well as overall development in the EAP services field.

By providing a warm and open atmosphere that invites professional collaboration and networking, the Chapter enhances personal, as well as professional growth. With diligent and motivated leadership that encourages active participation by members.

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